Sinéad Diver joins elite field London Marathon, Sunday October 3

Sinéad Diver, who has had two top 10 London Marathon finishes in the past two years will return to the race this Sunday October 3.

Representing Australia she was a brilliant 10th at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last month.

London has been a happy hunting ground for our Mayo AC Olympian  joins an elite women’s field in London. Also in the field is Australian star Eloise Wellings who will make her debut at the distance.

Brigid Kosgei and Shura Kitata will defend their titles at the Virgin Money London Marathon, a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label Road Race.

Kosgei, the world record-holder and Olympic silver medallist, will attempt to win her third successive London Marathon title. The Kenyan will be racing again just eight weeks after the Olympic marathon in Sapporo, as will Sinéad.

Kosgei will be challenged by a star-studded list of athletes including New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and six other women who have run under 2:20.

Others in the elite women’s field include Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje, whose PB of 2:18:30 makes her the 10th-fastest woman of all time, and Birhane Dibaba, who won the Tokyo Marathon in 2018 and 2015. The other sub-2:20 women in the field are Valary Jemeli, Zeineba Yimer and Tigist Girma.

Sinéad Diver ran her first  marathon in 2014. Sunday next will be her 9th.

We wish her the best of luck in London on Sunday.

Now a global star, Sinéad’s amazing athletics story is an inspiration to all runners.

The title of biggest post-pandemic race looks set to be handed from Berlin to London as the UK event aims to become the largest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world. Up to 50,000 participants will run the traditional course from Greenwich to The Mall, while another 50,000 will take part in the virtual event.


Ref Sinéad Diver: ABC News (Australia)  published this recently ently:

Olympic marathon runner Sinead Diver’s ‘unique’ story: From running for fitness to Tokyo Games


Result: September 26, 2021: Winners BMW Berlin Marathon, a World Athletics platinum label road race:

Men : Adola, Guye (ETH) – 2:05:45

Women: Gebreslase, Gotytom (ETH) – 2:20:09
20th in women’s race : Lynch, Grace (IRL) – 2:40:06
The next major marathons after London (3 October), are:
Chicago (10 October), Boston (11 October), Amsterdam (17 October), New York (7 November) and Valencia (5 December).


Preliminary broadcast times for the Londin Marathon  are 08:00 to 10:00 on BBC2, then 10:00 to 14:30 on BBC1 and then Red Button/iPlayer from 14:30 to 16:00, with highlights on BBC2 from 18:00 to 19:00.

Please note these broadcast times are subject to change.

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